Starting a three-game series at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati for the first time since June of 2005 the Baltimore Orioles played their first interleague series game of the season, as well as their first game outside of the American League East Division this season. The O’s have the second best interleague record (60-38) and the Reds have the second worst interleague record (36-59) in the Majors since 2012. The teams last met in September of 2014 at Camden Yards which Baltimore swept a three-game series. After setting a franchise record last season with 14 interleague wins the O’s did not get off to a good start this season losing to the youngest team in the Majors 9-3. The Reds have now won three in a row at home against Baltimore dating back to 2005.
Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman, who was pushed up to start tonight to try to earn himself a win, pitched his shortest start of the season. He lasted only two and two-thirds of an inning facing 19 total batters during that span, and he gave up eight runs on eight hits with three walks, two strikeouts and one hit batter. Gausman drops to 1-1 on the season and 2-6 in interleague play in his career; an Orioles pitcher still has not won on the road against Cincinnati since Rodrigo Lopez on June 10, 2005. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop extended his hit streak to six straight games with a RBI single in the second inning; he went 1-for-4 on the night. Center fielder Adam Jones went 1-for-3 with a walk and two-run home run in the fifth. Catcher Wellington Castillo, who came in hitting .333 against Bronson Arroyo in his career, hit a double and a single off of him and ended the night 2-for-4.
Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who had not pitched in a Major League game since June 15, 2014 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks due to Tommy John surgery and rotator cuff tear recovery, pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out four earning his first win since his last game in the Majors. The 40-year-old Arroyo (1-2) improves his career records against the Orioles to 4-2; he is also the first Reds pitcher to defeat the O’s at home since Ramon Ortiz back on June 12, 2005. The Major run contributor tonight for the Reds was left fielder Adam Duvall who went 2-for-4 with a double and five RBI’s which included a grand slam in the second inning. First baseman Joey Votto also homered tonight and went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s, a walk and two runs scored. Shortstop Zack Cozart (1-for-3) and catcher Tucker Barnhart (1-for-4) each drove in one run and center fielder Billy Hamilton broke a 0-for-14 slump tonight going 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
Baltimore is 4-3 on their current nine-game road trip and will try to bounce back Wednesday night in game two. Game time will 7:10 PM/ET and starting pitchers will be: Ubaldo Jimenez (BAL 0-0 10.38 ERA) vs. Amir Garrett (CIN 2-0 1.42 ERA).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).